ROW80 Midweek check in

We have had absolutely beautiful summer weather and enjoying sitting out on the patio, hanging out with the cats and the birds and nature.  Probably should take a picture one of these days, surrounded by sleeping or lazy cats.  The only problem is when I get up, one of them takes my chair.  :)   Sneaky buggers.  I'm writing away on my WIP Red Thief slowly but surely.   How long does it take you to finish a first draft?  It seems NaNoWriMo helps me get a major chunk done, then it takes a few months for me to finish.  I'm sort of a pantster, but have a vague outline. I know where I want to go with the story.  However, we seem to be avoiding that big scene.  Not sure if it's me or my main character dithering about escaping or she's just trying to get all her ducks in a row.   Been discussing it with myself in morning pages. Hopefully me, myself and I will come to a conclusion pretty soon.    I pretty much come to the conclusion, the morning pages do have some value, but if I miss a day here or there, it isn't the end of the world.

Goddess in training update:  Discovered have gained the 10 pounds back that I lost last year which irks me to no end.  Father also helpfully adjusted the scale which really didn't help. *facepalm*  I've been eating more candy bars lately after lunch and for a snack.   All I'm really looking for is to fulfill my sweet tooth, so going back to dentyne gum.  Less calories.  I've gotten addicted to avocado's which are good fat.  But can good fat make you fat?   Hmm!   I'm setting up an exercise plan for the three of us because we all need to move more.  I'm doing the treadmill every other day and discovered the time goes so much quicker reading a book on the nook rather than listening to a audio book on my I-phone.   I'm more of a visual person and with the audio book, since have nothing to look at except the treadmill or the room, the time goes a lot more slowly.  Think I'll stick with the nook.  

My goals also include my sponsor duties which includes visiting and encouraging my designated writers.  I'm also trying to visit at least 10 other folks as well.  Waving my pom poms.  Thinking of coming up with a writing cheer.   Any suggestions?   

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  1. Rah rah rah! Sis boom bah! We're all writers, rah rah rah!" :)

    Glad to read you are having a lovely summer with your cats. I am too. :)

    I did Morning Pages and the Workbook for the last challenge. I'm glad it did, though some of the language was a bit immaterial for my liking. Also stopped doing the MPs when I felt I had extracted all the benefit I could from that exercise.

    Good luck with the Big Scene, the sponsorship, and the avocadoes! :)

  2. Here you go:

    Writing, writing, all day long
    keep on going, it makes you strong!

    Pretty lame, I know! And I was a cheerleader throughout high school too. =O)

    I don't know if I've told you or not, but I love the title of your book. I hope you can work out the kink you're going through soon.

    Believe me, I know all about the weight thing. I've been very overweight for about 12 years now. I started a diet program with a doctor two months ago and I've lost 26 lbs so far. I'm taking a prescribed appetite suppressant and I'm on limited carbs (have to stay between 20-50 g per day). I haven't had anything sweet for two months and I used to eat sweets every day! The only thing I have to add more of is exercise. I'm so out of shape, it takes a lot of effort for me to exercise. At the rate I'm going, I should be about 40 lbs from my goal weight by Christmas. It will be SO nice to be normal-sized again!

    Good luck with your cheering! Just know that the encouragement does help.

  3. Aw, cats have the best life, don't they?
    Keep pluggin away, you'll get there.

  4. I also find that I need to have stimulation when I exercise. I usually watch a daytime soap that I love while I do the step aerobics on the Wii Fit. I know it's pretty mindless television, but it keeps my eye off the clock and helps me get through. It's funny, because that's pretty much the only t.v. that I watch. I also hear you about sugary snacks. I have been eating more of those lately, but since cherries have come back into season, it's been better this week.

    I hope that you are able to accomplish you big scene soon, and that the writing and exercise begin to go more smoothly for you!

  5. Yay! Wonderful to hear about someone else who does morning pages...I love using that time to work out plot issues and directions. Keep up the great week and enjoy that sunshine!!

  6. @cm thanks - great cheer!

    @Michelle - not so lame cheer. I like it. You go girl. No sweets for 2 months. You have will power.

    @Emma - yes, my cats are spoiled

    @Zibilee - hmm! cherries - what a good idea.

    @Marie - thanks for stopping by.

  7. I've been trying to find a balance between by blog reading, my book reading, my work, and my life -- why is it that something always loses out? I need a clone.

    Funny, but an audiobook keeps me glued to the treadmill, but trying to read makes me a bit motion sick and I don't seem to walk as fast because it's too hard to read and walk. Perhaps some mindless TV...

    Great good luck on the writing projects.

  8. Those sneaky 10 pounds! I love avocados too. I miss my cat...she lives on a farm now!!!


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